Enrolling your child in kindergarten
When to register
Children must be five years old on or before September 1 to be enrolled in kindergarten.
If the child's birthday is between Sept. 2 and Sept. 14, the child qualifies for testing. If the child meets the qualifications for free/reduced meals, the district will cover the cost for the test. If the child does not qualify for free/reduced meals, the parent must pay to have a licensed psychologist do the test.
If a family is moving into the district from another state and the child is not yet five, but was enrolled in a public school where they came from, then the child can be enrolled at an ASD school. Being enrolled in any other kind of school in Anchorage (private, parochial, etc.) does not qualify a child to be enrolled here and he/she will need to meet the age criteria.
In addition to the documents required for all students, parents should also bring:
- Names and phone numbers of emergency contacts and individuals who may pick up the child from school
- Copies of legal papers if there is a custody situation
After registration, schools will contact families to arrange appointments for orientations. Kindergarten teachers will meet individually with parents and students for a brief welcome with assessment activities during the first week of school. Kindergarten and first grade classes start a week later than the rest of the district in order to accommodate these family meetings. This information assists teachers in making decisions about classroom instruction and helps establish a positive partnership between the home and the school.
Countdown to kindergarten
5 … February: Visit schools
Check out what educational opportunities are available in ASD and visit schools! School tours are offered at every school on Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. during the month of February.
4 … March-April: Decide on your child's school
Parents interested in having their child attend their neighborhood school do not need to sign up until school registration, held during the first full week of August. Parents interested in having their child attend a school other than the neighborhood school must complete an online application.
3 … May-July: Plan routines for the school year
Read the 10 Ways to Get Ready for Kindergarten for tips. Visit your child’s school playground over the summer so they become familiar with their school site.
2 … August: Get ready for school
School registration is typically held the first full week in August. Find information on school start times, bus routes and meals. Sign up to receive email newsletters, school closure information and news releases.
1 … Start school!
See the school calendar page for the current academic year calendar where important dates can be found.